June 2003

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The International rules of our sport are written in French. There is an English translation in the FIA's Yearbook, but when the inevitable loophole leads to the inevitable bout of semantics, it is...
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Smaller-engined sports-racing cars of the 1950s will be one of the key new features for the Revival Meeting in early September. Elsewhere in the programme the saloon car event will revert to 1960s...
Greats line up for two-driver Le Mans 'Legends' Sir Stirling Moss and Phil Hill are just two of the star names lining up for the Le Mans Legends historic race on the Saturday morning of this year's...
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A pair of Lancia LC2s will race in Group C races in Europe this season with Americans Richard and Benton Bryan driving. The ex-works Martini Racing cars were built in 1984 and one was raced by Bob...
The Solitude circuit near Stuttgart celebrates its centenary with a major event on July 26-27. Dan Gurney, winner of the F1 race there in 1962, will star along with Hans Herrmann, Jochen Mass, Dieter...
The biggest-ever gathering of V12-powered F1 cars is the target for the Clermont-Ferrand Festival Historique at the end of July. The venue last hosted a grand prix in 1972 when Chris Amon's Matra...
Vauxhall will play a major part in the VSCC meeting at Shelsley Walsh on July 6. Up to 100 30/98s will be there as part of its centenary celebrations. The event will include appearances from Vauxhall...
Former VSCC president 'Steady' Barker recently celebrated his 83rd birthday by being reunited at the old lbsley circuit with 'Simplicity Itself', the innovative 750cc Austin Seven racer built by Jack...
The fourth running of the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix is expected to be the biggest and best yet, with a longer and wider track for the event which takes place on August 2/3. Run on a 1km circuit...
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Obituary New Zealand lost its best-known rally driver at the end of April after a freak road accident during preparations for the Race to the Sky Hillclimb. 'Possum' Bourne, 47, never recovered from...
May 23-25 Monza (I) Famous Coppa Inter Europa meeting includes rounds of FIA historic series. 24/25 Rockingham (GB) MG Car Club hosts packed weekend of classic racing. Tel: 01235 555552 24-26...
The biggest-ever gathering of Ayrton Senna's grand prix cars will be the key feature of the VSCC's 'tribute to Ayrton Senna' race meeting at Donington Park on June 21/22. Marking the 10th anniversary...
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Wolf huffs and puffs but Juniors bring house down Top Hat Festival: Donington Park The FORCE Classic Grand Prix Car races pitched Formula One cars against F5000s, and the opening race developed into...
Tour Auto After an almighty five-day battle against the Ferrari 250LM of Peter Hardman, Chris Chiles took a second consecutive Tour Auto victory in his Ford GT40. After a mix of timed road stages and...
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TGP: Jarama and Spa Fredy Kumschick was a convincing victor when the TGP season started at Jarama in mid-April. The Swiss steered his Williams FWO7C to the flag with a margin of 4sec over local man...
Group C: SPA The Group C season kicked off at Spa over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, and Jaguars were on top in both races. Justin Law guided his XJR10 to victory on Saturday, but Win Percy...
HSCC: Cadwell Park Jason Minshaw reminded everyone of his outright pace by taking Historic Formula Ford spoils at the HSCC's annual foray to Cadwell Park. His Merlyn Mk20 came out on top after an...
MSA Historic Rally Championship Major dust problems in Wales did not prevent Steve Perez and Dessie Nutt enjoying a day-long Porsche struggle on the Astra Stages. Perez won the day by a handful of...
BRDC Historics: Kirkistown Nick Linney scored a double as the BRDC Historic Sports Cars made their debut at the Kirkistown track in Ireland as part of the circuit's 50th anniversary celebrations....
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VSCC: Silverstone Bill Kirkpatrick came out on top of an excellent Cooper battle to win the Amschel Rothschild Trophy race at the VSCC Silverstone Spring Start meeting, which was held on the...
HSCC: Donington Park Simon Hadfield began his 2003 in fine style by registering two wins at Donington Park in April. Victory in his ex-Keke Rosberg Chevron B40 at the HSCC's season-opener followed a...
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Sir, In the light of recent correspondence following the article in March's edition, your readers will be pleased to know that Chris Irwin is alive and well. It was somewhat eerie, in the light of...
Sir, After viewing Eric Kent's letter in the March edition of Motor Sport, I felt the urge to contact you with the details of what happened to the No40 Group 44 GTP Jaguar which I drove at Le Mans....
Finding Bonetto Sir, One of the elements of special interest to me in May's edition of Motor Sport was the picture of Felice Bonetto in action, which appeared in Tony Watson's story about Oscar...
Sir, The day that I bought the April edition of Motor Sport I also purchased the then-current Autosport magazine, and upon reading the two publications it struck me that Formula One now and then are...
Sir, I have recently become reacquainted with Motor Sport, and congratulate you on what must be, at least for people of my generation, the finest publication of its kind. However, I would like to...
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Sir, Further to my earlier letter published in the April issue on the topic of the little-known rear-engined Kieft GP car, in early April I was delighted to receive a 'phone call from Cyril Kieft in...
Sir, The picture of Tom Delaney and Willie Green commemorating Donington Park's 70th anniversary, in the news pages of the May issue of Motor Sport, was lent added interest by WB's article on the...
Sir, I read with considerable interest the excellent article by Gordon Cruickshank on the grand prix Kieft. In September 1958 I acquired this car, which was a rolling chassis, from Merrick Taylor,...
Sir, It was nice to see the Lotus Mark IX, with the Vic Berris cutaway, featured in the May issue. But a few corrections are needed to what was said. It was suggested that the Lotus Mark X, with the...
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Simon Taylor Two European rounds so far in this year's world championship, and two Fenari victories. The trio of season-opening flyaway races gave us lots of topsy-turvy excitement and, once the...
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There were but five laps remaining in the 1996 Australian Grand Prix when Jacques Villeneuve got the message from the Williams pit: his oil pressure was falling, and if he were to finish the race he...
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Renault had never looked like winning Le Mans — its motorsport programme was too fragmented. That all changed in 1977, but it took another year for this revolution to take effect. Paul Fearnley...
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In the early editions of the Le Mans 24-hour race, Lorraine-Dietrich cars were serious rivals to the Bentleys. Oone of those marques became a legend; The other faded into history. Anthony Pritchard...
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The 1926 winner is the only genuine survivor of the Le Mans cars. After the race Robert Bloch acquired it and cut off the tail, which he replaced with a platform to carry luggage and two spare wheels...
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As Group C climaxed with its 3.5-litre regulations in the early Nineties, Peugeot developed a prototype so extreme, yet so reliable, that it could race for 24 hours at Formula One speeds. Gary...
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The one that got away Keke Rosberg: 1982 Belgian Grand Prix Formula One's most exciting racer had just been killed, but his heir kept focused and was set to score his first GP win... By Adam Cooper...
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Midlands-based Sunbeam's entry for the 1923 French Grand Prix looked like being the best of the rest — yet the result was a welcome surprise. On the 80TH anniversary of the first-ever British GP win...
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It was quick, powerful, reliable and adaptable. With more finance – and imagination – BMW's rally contender could have been a serious rival to Escort and Stratos, writes John Davenport During the...
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Don Parker didn't begin racing until he was past 40 and yet he became one of Britain's most successful drivers of the 1950s — a match for Stirling Moss no less in the cut and thrust of Formula Three...
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X-ray spec Designer Tony Southgate remembers when a new F1 team could emerge from the shadows and its car could be planned in a tiny garage. By Keith Howard All it took in the 1970s to create a new...
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Fifteen minutes of fame Ford Taunus 20 MRS: Safari Rally – APRIL 4-8, 1969 The bulky Taunus may have lacked the nimbleness of its rally rivals but, as John Davenport explains, Ford Germany recognised...
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The 1903 Paris-Madrid became infamous as 'the race of death' and it was the final nail in the coffin of city-to-city races . The contrasting fortunes of two British entrants are uncovered by Graham...
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By Pierre Ménard & Jacques VassalISBN 2-84707-000-1Published by Chronosports, 24.50 Euros The Swiss publisher Chronosports continues its hardback series on Formula One legends with a...
By Gary Doyle (tel: 00 1 602 636 0471)Published by Gary Doyle, $90 Behind the rather uninspiring cover lies a self-published gem that really should be on your shelves. This labour of love was...
By Ed HeuvinkISBN 2-84707-016-8Published by Chronosports, £59.99 Filipinetti – one of those team names you keep seeing without knowing the background. Now there's no excuse. Heuvink's hefty book...
By Pierre Ménard & Jacques VassalISBN 2-84707-001-XPublished by Chronosports, 24.50 Euros Though relatively slim, this packs in a lot of detail as well as an impressive picture selection,...
By Graham RobsonISBN 085429 926 2Published by Haynes, £19.99 It was 50 years ago that Standard revitalised the ailing Triumph name and began to enter TR2s in motorsport, ambitiously starting with the...
By Alan HenryISBN 75285 606 5Published by Orion Books, £20 As a straightforward overview of the phenomenal success in Formula One enjoyed by WilliamsF1, this is an unpretentious and uncomplicated...
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Bill Boddy I have never been able to understand why the 19/100 ADM Austro-Daimler, with its good six-cylinder power unit, was not more popular here, among vintage-period sportscars. I know that Mr...
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It is good to hear that the 1924 Alvis which the late Eric Benfield restored so meticulously and raced in VSCC events is receiving a complete restoration by its new owner. Two of these cars competed...
There may not be many two-stroke Trojans left, but this does not deter the Trojan OC, which publishes a magazine and books on these cars. Don Williams' The Great No 1 Factory at Kingston, Surrey,...
The recall of our one-time belated 'Belated Book Reviews' feature, with a cartoon by Appleby, has reminded an American reader of the novel about motor racing entitled Portrait in a Windscreen by...
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I have good cause to remember reporting on the 1951 Gran Premio de Espana, together with Michael Tee to take the photographs and Kent Karslake, who had kindly said he'd translate the race...
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Soon after the Bugatti OC was formed in 1929 I was signed up as a voluntary contributor for its magazine Bugantics. This gave me some wonderful rides with committee members such as Col GM Giles and...

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